The Wolves manager revealed supporters who watched their team win three First Division titles in the 1950s were at Molineux last night as goals by Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota won this game half a century on.
‘As I walked around the stands there were people who say they saw the 50s and 60s and are still coming to the stadium,’ Nuno said. ‘To see this joy as they leave the stadium – with a lot of beer, of course – is great.
Nuno Espirito Santo said Wolves rekindled the spirit of the club’s golden era on Saturday night
‘It means a lot. The FA Cup is the oldest competition there is. We played well and achieved it with the amazing support of our fans pushing us and believing.
‘The noise was fantastic. We did it together. Now we have to prepare ourselves for the next one.’ Wolves will go to Wembley next month with ambitions of progressing to win a major trophy for the first time since the 1980 League Cup.
The deservedly defeated United, to add to their list of big-name scalps this season. Wolves have also beaten Liverpool, Tottenham, and Chelsea, while drawing with Manchester City and Arsenal.
In beating Man Unitedm, he took pride in pleasing fans who watched Wolves in the 1950s
‘In the first half we defended very well, very organised and compact,’ Nuno said. ‘We allowed them possession of the ball but tried to recover it in the right areas. And we had a great chance with Diogo.
‘In the second half we managed the ball better and created some problems for them with movement. And then it was down to talent based on organisation. It was a very good performance.’
Jota scored the decisive second after securing his first senior call-up with Portugal. ‘It is well deserved,’ said Nuno. ‘We have 10 players from our who go to their national team. My wish is they enjoy themselves, play well and come back healthy.’